April 28, 2011

Florida House passes six anti-abortion bills

The Palm Beach Post reports:
The House passed six anti-abortion measures Wednesday mostly on party-line votes, with the Republicans approving. Here are the bills and the votes:

Ultrasound: Would require women to have an ultrasound and hear a description of the fetus before getting an abortion. Would allow women to refuse to review the ultrasound if they do so in writing. HB 1127. . . passed 81-37. SB 1744 . . . set for [Senate] Budget Committee vote . . .

Abortion clinics: Would prohibit abortion clinics from doing third trimester abortions. Also would create new requirements for abortion clinics, including that any opened after Oct. 1 be wholly owned and operated by a doctors, and for doctors providing abortions, including that they get annual ethics training. Also would require that abortion providers report to state health officials after every abortion rather than the current monthly reporting. HB 1397 . . . passed 79-36. SB 1748 . . . ready for vote by full Senate.

Parental consent: Would change current parental notification laws to make it more difficult for minors to obtain court waivers allowing them to get abortions without their parents' consent. Gives judges less leeway when determining a minor's maturity to make a decision about abortion. Requires the girl to go to court in the circuit where she lives instead of within the larger appellate district. Gives judges three business days instead of 48 hours to consider the cases. HB 1247 . . . passed 82-35. SB 1770 . . . Budget Committee vote Thursday.

Public funding: Would put a question on the November 2012 ballot asking voters whether the Florida constitution should be amended to ban public funding for abortions and health-benefits coverage for abortions. Allows public funding for rape, incest and to protect the mother's life, and would not apply to expenditures required by federal law. Also specifies that the Florida constitution may not be interpreted to create broader rights to an abortion than those in the U.S. Constitution, which would effectively weaken the right to privacy now contained in Florida's constitution. Needs 60 percent of vote in each chamber to go on ballot and 60 percent of public vote to pass. HJR 1179 passed 82-35. SJR 1538 preliminarily approved by Senate.

License plates: Would channel money from "Choose Life" license plate sales to the nonprofit Choose Life Inc. to give to agencies that assist women placing their children for adoption. Also would allow 20 percent of tag sales to be spent on administration and advertising by Choose Life Inc. Current law sends money to the counties where the tags were sold and requires 100 percent of it to be used to support agencies counseling or helping women who choose adoption. New law, like current one, prohibits any money going to any agency having any involvement with abortion, including counseling women that it is an option. HB 501. . . passed 82-35.
SB 196. . . ready for vote in Senate.

Abortion insurance: Would bar insurance policies purchased in whole or in part through insurance exchanges created by the federal health-care act from providing abortion coverage. Would bar businesses receiving tax credits for providing health insurance for their employees from offering policies that cover abortion. HB 97 passed 80-37. SB 1414 . . . preliminarily approved by Senate.

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April 27, 2011

Adam Hasner Tosses Hat In The Ring for Florida GOP US Senate Nomination

Adam Hasner officially announces his candidacy for the United State Senate to take on Bill Nelson in 2012.

“Several weeks ago I began a conversation with Floridians about the crossroads we face as a country,” noted Hasner. “Since then, I've traveled to every corner of the state and met some great people. I've listened and learned, and together we've shared an honest discussion about the failures of Washington, frustrations of Florida, and future of America.

“The reality is, Washington is taking us in the wrong direction and both parties have been at fault. To turn things around we need honest conservatives who will challenge the leadership on both sides, say what needs to be said, and do what needs to be done,” continued Hasner. “To keep America the greatest country in the world, we need Republicans who won't just challenge Democrats on spending, taxes and debt, but leaders willing to challenge their fellow Republicans as well. And that's why today I'm making my decision official: I am announcing my candidacy for the U.S. Senate.”

Visit AdamHasner.com to learn more.

About Adamvia his FaceBook FanPage
At just 41-years of age, National Review, Newsmax, Human Events, The St. Petersburg Times and Washington Post have all called Adam Hasner Florida's next conservative rising star.

Best known for serving as Marco Rubio's hand-picked Majority Leader, Adam is a life long Republican who believes in limited government, free markets, and a strong national defense. He is 100% pro-life and received an "A+" rating from the National Rifle Association for his record on second amendment issues. As a public servant, he amassed a consistent voting record in favor of tax relief, reducing government spending, increasing personal freedoms, reining in government regulations, and promoting entrepreneurship. Adam has also become a nationally recognized voice in warning about the dangers of radical Islam, and he led the effort to pass Florida's first in the nation law to divest state pension funds from companies that do business in Iran.

His proven track record and unapologetic conservatism led the St. Petersburg Times to label Adam "the one to watch" in the 2012 Florida Senate race.

Adam is also a consistent voice in favor of keeping Americans free, prosperous and safe by recommitting America to strong national defense policies.

As a state representative from Democratic-controlled Palm Beach County, Adam successfully won re-election three times without ever sacrificing his bedrock conservative principles. Adam served alongside Marco Rubio for six years, and in 2007 was tapped by then-Speaker Rubio to serve as Majority Leader for the Republican caucus.

Adam consistently voted in favor of greater accountability and choice in public schools, supported the elimination of property taxes, voted to reduce government spending by billions of dollars, voted to cut the salaries of elected officials, and was a vocal proponent of free-market solutions toward American energy independence.

In 2010, Adam led the House Republican effort demanding the United States Congress pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Adam served alongside leading conservatives like Ken Blackwell and Mike Lee as the founding national Co-Chairman of the citizen action group, Pass The Balanced Budget Amendment (www.passtheBBA.com).

After the term limits he supported sent him back home to Palm Beach County, Adam returned to the private sector, and today serves as the founder of a financial advisory firm.

Adam and his wife, Jillian, reside in Boca Raton, Florida.

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April 26, 2011

Florida Open Carry - Final Push

Tomorrow - Wednesday, the Florida Senate will vote on SB 234. This bill includes open carry, vehicle carry, DOACS fingerprint authorization, and long gun/shotgun contiguous state purchase authorization.

Of course, the most contentious element is open carry. This is going to be a squeaker, folks. Senate Bill 234 deserves your support as do the 801,219 active concealed carry licensees who have patiently waited for this bill for over 23 years. Although most Senators should have already made up their minds. Nonetheless, consider one last push to deliver this bill for the public.

Suggest you and friends voice you support for SB 234. Take a moment and fire up your e-mail clients list one more time. Feel free to use the suggested e-mail  below. We're almost there, and we just need a final push to get this bill to the Governor's desk for his promised signature.

Suggested email and contact list for Senators:

alexander.jd.web@flsenate.gov; altman.thad.web@flsenate.gov; benacquisto.lizbeth.web@flsenate.gov;bennett.mike.web@flsenate.gov; bogdanoff.ellyn.web@flsenate.gov; bullard.larcenia.web@flsenate.gov;dean.charles.web@flsenate.gov; detert.nancy.web@flsenate.gov; portilla.miguel.web@flsenate.gov;dockery.paula.web@flsenate.gov; evers.greg.web@flsenate.gov; fasano.mike.web@flsenate.gov;flores.anitere.web@flsenate.gov; gaetz.don.web@flsenate.gov; garcia.rene.web@flsenate.gov;gardiner.andy.web@flsenate.gov; haridopolos.mike.web@flsenate.gov; hays.alan.web@flsenate.gov;hill.tony.web@flsenate.gov; jones.dennis.web@flsenate.gov; joyner.arthenia.web@flsenate.gov;latvala.jack.web@flsenate.gov; lynn.evelyn.web@flsenate.gov; margolis.gwen.web@flsenate.gov;montford.bill.web@flsenate.gov; negron.joe.web@flsenate.gov; norman.jim.web@flsenate.gov;oelrich.steve.web@flsenate.gov; rich.nan.web@flsenate.gov; richter.garrett.web@flsenate.gov;ring.jeremy.web@flsenate.gov; sachs.maria.web@flsenate.gov;
  simmons.david.web@flsenate.gov;siplin.gary.web@flsenate.gov; smith.chris.web@flsenate.gov; sobel.eleanor.web@flsenate.gov;storms.ronda.web@flsenate.gov; thrasher.john.web@flsenate.gov; wise.stephen.web@flsenate.gov

SUBJECT: Vote for Open Carry in SB 234

Dear Senator,

Senate Bill 234 deserves your support, as do the 801,219 active concealed carry licensees who have patiently waited for this bill for over 23 years. Governor Scott has already stated he will sign the bill as a 2nd Amendment supporter and open carry advocate. Florida is one of only seven states that do not permit some form of general open carry. The objections raised by law enforcement and retail associations make no mention that the practice of open carry is successful in 43 states, nor do they acknowledge their dire predictions are the same "blood in the streets" arguments of almost a quarter-century ago. Those predictions have been proven unfounded.

Please help support the law abiding carriers of Florida and vote in favor of SB 234.

Respectfully yours,

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April 23, 2011

Happy Easter 2011

America's Best Choice wishes all those who have helped us with resource and all of our readers a very Happy and Blessed Easter.

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April 21, 2011

Obama's Claim to Want "A Serious Plan" On The Debt

ARRA News Service - Forgetting the numerous shortcomings of his own proposal and his use the campaign trail to bash the serious plan being put forth by House Republicans, Obama now announces in his usual political fashion that he wants "A Serious Plan" on the Debt.

Reporting on President Obama’s appearance at Facebook headquarters in California this week, the AP writes, “Obama said that unless lawmakers get the country's long-term finances under control, more immediate economic gains could prove difficult. ‘If we don't have a serious plan to tackle the debt and the deficit, that could actually end up being a bigger drag on the economy than anything else,’ Obama said.”

The president calling for “a serious plan to tackle the debt and the deficit” is certainly an interesting statement in light of the poor marks his latest budget plan received following his speech last week.

On top of that, The Washington Post reported last night, “President Obama’s deficit-reduction plan ‘falls short’ of targets set by House Republicans and Obama’s own fiscal commission and would be unlikely to stabilize borrowing, according to a new independent analysis [by the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget]. . . . The new outline is a significant improvement over the budget request Obama submitted to Congress in February, which would have required $9.5 trillion in fresh borrowing through 2021. However, the framework is unlikely to reduce deficits as much as Obama suggested, the analysis found, and would therefore permit the portion of the national debt held by outside investors to continue rising, when measured against the size of the economy, to just less than 80 percent of gross domestic product by the end of the decade. By contrast, the budget blueprint adopted last week by the House matches the fiscal commission’s plan ‘dollar for dollar’ with new savings, according to the analysis.”

The Post notes, “‘At the same time, when compared to the House budget and Fiscal Commission plan, the President’s Framework falls short,’ the analysis says, adding that the level of savings achieved by both the GOP plan and the fiscal commission ‘is the minimum level of savings policymakers should aim for.’”

According to the article, “White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage defended the president’s plan, arguing that the committee’s analysis relies on economic forecasts by the Congressional Budget Office that are less optimistic than forecasts by the White House budget office. ‘Under the administration’s estimates, the president’s framework saves $2.9 trillion over 10 years and $4 trillion over 12 years,’ Brundage said.”

It’s worth pointing out, though, that even granting the assumptions in the president’s plan, the $2.9 trillion shaved off the deficit over 10 years that the White House’s spokeswoman asserts, is less than the amount that has been added to the debt over the last two years. According to the Treasury Department’s website, the total public debt was more than $10.6 trillion on the day of President Obama’s inauguration, and was more than $14 trillion two years later, an increase of over $3.4 trillion in just 24 months.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) responded to the president’s speech about the debt, "With all due respect, the American people are not inclined to take advice on fiscal responsibility from an administration who’s unprecedented borrowing and spending has done so much to create the mess we’re in. After two years of adding trillions to the debt and ignoring our nation's looming fiscal nightmare, the President may be right in thinking that the politically expedient thing to do is point the finger at others. But the truly responsible thing would be to admit that his own two-year experiment in big government has been a disaster for the economy and itself a major driver of our debt; and that his inaction on the latter is the primary reason others have been forced to step forward and offer meaningful solutions of their own.”

Obama's sudden claim to want "A Serious Plan" on the debt is more campaign political rhetoric that rings hollow when confronted by the facts.   Thus the use of the above image, "Had Enough Yet?" Here is a small portion of the facts:  Obama's administration's "over the top" "super sized" big spending; his dragging the US into a third regional conflict and wasting "blood and treasure" in a region of little interest to the US; his banning American companies from drilling for critically needed oil while providing American tax dollars to underwrite drilling by foreign countries; his continued expansion of government departments' oversight of American citizens. The President is responsible for border security but has evidenced an unwillingness to secure American borders and to protect Americans and American interests. The list is almost endless' and our resources are almost at an end. However, Obama keeps smiling and raising campaign funds, keeps fabricating rhetoric, and keeps attacking TEA Party and other American citizens concerned about government big spending and waste. His actions evidence that he is not really interested in "a serious plan" on the debt other than pushing for higher taxes and more redistribution of wealth primarily for use by Big Government.

Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum summed it up best recently in identifying why Obama does not wish to cut deficit federal spending: "Obama's profligate deficit spending confirms the researchers who discovered that Obama absorbed the Frances Fox Piven strategy, which he learned from her own lips as a principal speaker at a Socialist Party Scholars Conference in New York in 1983 when Obama was a student at Columbia University. The strategy is to flood the welfare system with more recipients than taxpayers can afford, thereby creating a financial and political crisis that will doom the capitalist system and move the U.S. into Socialism."

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April 19, 2011

On Florida's Next U.S. Senate Race - Adam Hasner?

Adam Hasner
Eric Ericson of RedState is weighing in on Florida Next US Senate Race. He posted the following today:
There are a lot of important Senate races shaping up in 2012 and my strong fear is that many tea party activists are going to be so focused on beating Barack Obama — a worthy cause — that they are going to drop the ball on Senate races.

I have not really weighed in yet on endorsing any candidates for the United States Senate, but with an every growing pool of potential candidates in the Florida Senate race, I want to go on record now supporting Adam Hasner.

Former Senator George LeCrist, hand picked by Charlie Crist to keep his seat warm, is running as are several others. I think conservatives need to be wary of many of them and we cannot afford to take Florida for granted as a Republican state.

Adam Hasner has, I think, the best background and most conservative record to run in Florida. I hope you will join me in supporting him. We cannot afford to lose Florida to either the Democrats, or the squishy Republicans.

So, who is Adam Hasner? A commenter (gatorgal) posted the following:
Adam served in the Florida House of Representatives for 8 years and was tapped by then Speaker Marco Rubio to be the House Majority Leader.

Adam’s term ended in Nov. 2010. A solid conservative who continually got reelected in Democratic stronghold, Palm Beach County. He is formidable. He spoke at the Tea Party last weekend with Congressman Allen West. National Review’s Kathryn Jean Lopez also wrote him up on The Corner recently under the post Adam and the Eve of a new Senate race.
Adam Hasner was State Representative for District 87 in the Florida House of Representatives until 2010. The district includes the coastal communities in the southern portion of Palm Beach County and the northern part of Broward County, including Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach and Boynton Beach. It now looks like he may be a Republican candidate for the United States Senate in Florida in 2012.

Florida Democrats have complained that Hasner is "too conservatives." In 2010, Hasner has led the House Republican effort demanding the United States Congress pass a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. He currently serves as national Co-Chairman of the citizen action group, Pass The Balanced Budget Amendment.

Jeremy Jacobs, National Journal, dubbed Hasner's run "Rubio Part Deux?" and provided excellent insight into Hasner getting in the race.

Also, it doesn't hurt that Hasner's "wife was a former aide to Jeb Bush and ran Meg Whitman's 2010 California gubernatorial bid" and that Hasner already has close ties to Florida's conservative grassroots activists.

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April 15, 2011

FOX News: FL Gov. Rick Scott on Cutting Taxes, Building Jobs

FOX News' Fox and Friends: Florida Governor Rick Scott: 4/15/11

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April 9, 2011

Florida Seeks To Be More Business Friendly

The following two articles reflect the efforts by Gov. Rick Scott ond conservative legislatures to fulfill their promise that Florida will be a state that is more friendly to business. Both articles address situations that are objected to by establishment democrats who want to retain excessive government regulations and bureaucracies. I guess jobs are okay when they in the hands of State employees but not when in the hands of private enterprise.

Massive Dereg Bill Passes in the House - "A controversial bill that would deregulate 20 professions and industries passed the House on Thursday by a vote of 77 to 38. The bill ends oversight for everything from auctioneers and interior designers to hair braiders, intrastate movers, auto repair shops, telemarketers and charitable organizations. Opponents say HB 5005 is a threat to consumer protection. 'It puts people at risk of being taken advantage of,' said Leonard Bembry, D-Greenville. Supporters say it will help boost the economy by making it easier to open businesses and create jobs. …Rep. Franklin Sands, D-Weston, said the only people the bill will attract to Florida are 'charlatans' and 'scammers.'" Miami Herald - Full Story

Scott's consolidation effort clears committee - "The governor got his wish Friday as the bill (PCB SCGR 11-03) cleared the House Select Committee on Government Reorganization by a vote of 17-6. He entered the committee room to a standing ovation. The bill creates the new department by combining three other agencies: the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development, the Agency for Workforce Innovation and the Department of Community Affairs (DCA). Scott has said he wants a one-stop shop for companies interested in doing business in Florida. Miami Herald - Full Story

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Government Shutdown Avoided - Spending Continues in Looneyville

ARRA News Service -
Joint Statement from Speaker Boehner & Senate Majority Leader Reid on Bipartisan Agreement To Cut Spending, Keep Government Open
WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) tonight released the following statement:

“We have agreed to an historic amount of cuts for the remainder of this fiscal year, as well as a short-term bridge that will give us time to avoid a shutdown while we get that agreement through both houses and to the President. We will cut $78.5 billion below the President’s 2011 budget proposal, and we have reached an agreement on the policy riders. In the meantime, we will pass a short-term resolution to keep the government running through Thursday. That short-term bridge will cut the first $2 billion of the total savings.”

Editor's Note: While the GOP secured cuts $78.5 billion in reductions / spending, they lost any further leverage this year for more cuts via the CR process. The also gave up their positions in the revised CR to defund Obamacare implementation this year and to defund Planned Parenthood Abortion clinics. However, Harry Reid had to agree that the Dems would allow up or down votes in the US Senate on two separate House bills regarding defunding Planned Parenthood and defunding the implementation of Obamacare (the Federal Healthcare Law) for the remainder of the year. Note, Obamacare has been determined to be unconstitutional.

There may also be other bills the Senate must vote on addressing the policy riders that were removed from the Continuing Resolution. We will learn more tomorrow or in the next few days other details of their agreement. The House may now complete without interference their FY 2012 Budget proposal and the Senate Democrat leaders allow it to be debated before the Fiscal Year runs out at the end of September 2011. In summary, even though we have gained cuts, the government get to continue to waste money and collect our taxes, both the military and others will receive their pay or government retirements and benefits, the National museums, zoos and Parks remain open and the Washington, D.C Cherry Blossom Parade marches tomorrow. Spending Continues in Looneyville!

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April 8, 2011

Florida Lawmakers Pass Budgets Higher than Gov. Requested

Florida Governor Rick Scott had proposed a $65.9 billion budget. Both the House and Senate were not quite ready to go that low. The Senate has passed a $69.8 billion yesterday which was almost $4 Billion more than the Governor requested. and then the House passed its budget version totally 66.5 Billion which was $600 million over the Governor's request. While the Governor does not get a direct say in the legislature, it will be interesting to follow the reconciliation between the House and Senate over budgets exceeding even what the Governor requested.

Abel Harding is reporting, "GOP lawmakers who control both chambers are holding firm to their no-new-taxes commitment, with austere appropriations bills of nearly $70 billion that would slash almost $4 billion in spending."

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April 6, 2011

Six Florida US Reps Say: Perhaps It Is Time For Senator Harry Reid To Step Aside

Six Florida US Representatives signed on to a letter today addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid> They stated, "With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside." The letter goes on the state, "Mr. Reid, it is time to stop denying the dire straits of our nation's fiscal health. "It is time to pass a bill."

The Republican members of the Florida Delegation who signed the second letter to Sen Reid were: Sandy Adams (FL-24), Vern Buchanan (FL-13), Ander Crenshaw (FL-04),Jeff Miller (FL-01), Richard Nugent (FL-05), and Allen West (FL-22).

This letter was the second letter recently written by Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas. Both letters are detailed below.

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR-01)
ARRA News Service - On March 30th, freshman Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) sent a letter to Senate Leader Harry Reid which was cosigned by 28 other freshman congressman. However, neither the signers of the letter nor the public received an appropriate response from Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) who continues to threatened government shutdown.

Today, April 6th, Representative Rick Crawford, now joined even more US Representatives have in another letter addressed Senator Reid's "reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government."

Crawford writes in the second letter to Senator Harry Reid, "With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside." The letter goes on the state, "Mr. Reid, it is time to stop denying the dire straits of our nation's fiscal health. "It is time to pass a bill."

The Press Release about the Letter Follows:
WASHINGTON – Ninety House Republicans signed a letter calling on Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to step down if he does not fulfill his responsibility as Majority Leader. The House of Representatives sent Senator Reid H.R. 1 46 days ago, yet he refuses to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2011.

The letter asks Senator Reid to reconsider his, “reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government,” and says “the American people deserve responsive leadership from those who are elected to higher office.”

The letter cites Senator Reid’s numerous failures and his unwillingness to accept responsibility for the current budget crisis. “Unfortunately, you have failed on numerous counts,” says the letter. “Under your stewardship, the Senate failed to pass a budget resolution last year, something that hasn’t happened since the current budget process was established in 1974. Mr. Reid, you also failed to pass one single appropriations bill to fund even a single federal agency, but yet you somehow muster the nerve to say Republicans are the problem.” Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) authored the letter, which will be delivered today.

“The Senate Majority Leader is not living up to his title,” said Crawford. “He needs to lead so we can move our country forward.  If he chooses not to lead then he needs to let someone else step into that role. We must act responsibly, fund our government, ensure our troops in the field are paid and the American people are protected. These are the priorities of the House, and they must be the priorities of the Senate.”

The text of the "second" letter less the 90 signatures follows:
Mr. Reid,

Many of us wrote last week pleading with you to bring a long-term continuing resolution before the full Senate that would fund government operations for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2011. We hand delivered the letter the 39th day after the House passed HR-1, its version of the FY 2011 yearlong continuing resolution that adhered to the calls of the American people pleading for reasonable, responsible spending cuts.

Unfortunately, another seven days have passed and your refusal to pass a bill means our Nation has moved one step closer to a government shutdown. Mr. Reid, your lack of action and absence of leadership is irresponsible. It has now been 46 days since the House of Representatives passed a bill that reduces the massive $1.4 trillion deficit for FY 2011 by a modest $61 billion.

Where is your bill, Mr. Reid?

We urge you to reconsider your reckless, partisan strategy of shutting down the government. If you will pass a bill, the House and Senate can meet in conference to reconcile any differences and then forward the final bill to President Obama.

The American people deserve responsive leadership from those who are elected to higher office. Unfortunately, you have failed on numerous counts. Under your stewardship, the Senate failed to pass a budget resolution last year, something that hasn’t happened since the current budget process was established in 1974. Mr. Reid, you also failed to pass one single appropriations bill to fund even a single federal agency, but yet you somehow muster the nerve to say Republicans are the problem. The ball is in your court to pass a long-term spending resolution for the remainder of FY 2011 that can be reconciled with the H.R. 1. With all due respect, if you do not plan to fulfill your responsibilities as Senate Majority Leader, perhaps it is time to step aside.

Mr. Reid, it is time to stop denying the dire straits of our nation’s fiscal health. It is time to pass a bill.

Bound together and determined,
Signed by:
Adams, Sandy (FL-24)
Austria, Steve (OH-07)
Bachmann, Michele (MN-06)
Benishek, Dan (MI-01)
Bonner, Jo (AL-01)
Boustany, Charles (LA-07)
Broun, Paul C. (GA-10)
Buchanan, Vern (FL-13)
Buerkle, Ann Marie (NY-25)
Canseco, Fransisco (TX-23)
Carter, John (TX-31)
Chaffetz, Jason (UT-03)
Cole, Tom (OK-04)
Cravaack, Chip (MN-08)
Crawford, Rick (AR-01)
Crenshaw, Ander (FL-04)
Culberson, John (TX-07)
Denham, Jeff (CA-19)
DesJarlais, Scott (TN-04)
Duncan, Jeff (SC-03)
Ellmers, Renee (NC-02)
Fitzpatrick, Mike (PA-08)
Flake, Jeff (AZ-06)
Fleming, John (LA-04)
Flores, Bill (TX-17)
Franks, Trent (AZ-02)
Gingrey, Phil (GA-11)
Gosar, Paul (AZ-01)
Gowdy, Trey (SC-04)
Graves, Tom (GA-09)
Griffin, Tim (AR-02)
Guinta, Frank (NH-01)
Guthrie, Brett (KY-02)
Harper, Gregg (MS-03)
Harris, Andy (MD-01)
Herger, Wally (CA-02)
Herrera Beutler, Jaime (WA-03)
Huizenga, Bill (MI-02)
Hultgren, Randy (IL-14)
Jenkins, Lynn (KS-02)
Johnson, Bill (OH-06)
King, Peter (NY-03)
Kinzinger, Adam (IL-11)
Kline, John (MN-02)
Lamborn, Doug (CO-05)
Lankford, James (OK-05)
LoBiondo, Frank (NJ-02)
Lucas, Frank (OK-03)
Lummis, Cynthia (WY)
Manzullo, Donald A. (IL-16)
McClintock, Tom (CA-04)
McKinley, David (WV-01)
Miller, Gary (CA-42)
Miller, Jeff (FL-01)
Murphy, Tim (PA-18)
Nugent, Richard (FL-05)
Olson, Pete (TX-22)
Pence, Mike (IN-06)
Platts, Todd R. (PA-19)
Pompeo, Mike (KS-04)
Price, Tom (GA-06)
Quayle, Ben (AZ-03)
Reed, Tom (NY-29)
Ribble, Reid (WI-08)
Roby, Martha (AL-02)
Rokita, Todd (IN-04)
Schilling, Robert (IL-17)
Scott, Austin (GA-08)
Scott, Tim (SC-01)
Sensenbrenner, Jim (WI-05)
Shimkus, John (IL-19)
Shuster, Bill (PA-09)
Simpson, Mike (ID-02)
Smith, Chris (NJ-04)
Stivers, Steve (OH-15)
Stutzman, Marlin (IN-03)
Sullivan, John (OK-01)
Terry, Lee (NE-03)
Walden, Greg (OR-02)
Walsh, Joe (IL-08)
West, Allen (FL-22)
Westmoreland, Lynn A. (GA-03)
Wilson, Joe (SC-02)
Young, Todd (IN-09)
The Original Letter:
Mr. Reid,

We the undersigned call on you and the Senate to pass a long-term Continuing Resolution; a resolution that hears the calls of the American people and makes reasonable, responsible spending cuts.

Mr. Reid, your record on spending in the Senate is one of failure.  You have failed to pass a budget, failed to restrain spending, and failed to put our country on sound fiscal footing.

We do not accept your failure as our own.

The American people did not send us here to fail. Make no mistake: any government shutdown is the result of your lack of leadership. America has a $14 trillion debt and you offered a mere $6 billion in cuts. The House heard the calls of the American people and offered $61 billion in cuts, but the Senate has not sent us a Continuing Resolution in return.

We have received nothing from the Senate except denials of the dire straits of our nation’s fiscal health.

The House of Representatives is accomplishing what we were elected to do.  We've cut spending.  We’ve terminated wasteful programs. We've funded the government.

Mr. Reid, we are letting you know that we will rally on the Senate steps every day until you pass a long-term Continuing Resolution.  We call on all Americans to join our fight in restoring our country’s fiscal health.

The House of Representatives is doing our job, Mr. Reid. The Senate needs to start doing theirs.

Mr. Reid, it's time to pass a bill.

Bound together and determined,
Signed by:
Rep. Rick Berg (ND-AL)
Rep. Diane Black (TN-06)
Rep. Francisco Canseco (TX-23)
Rep. Chip Cravaack (MN-08)
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01)
Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-19)
Rep. Scott DesJarlais (TN-04)
Rep. Blake Farenthold (TX-27)
Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08)
Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)
Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02)
Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-13)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
Rep. Jeffrey Landry (LA-03)
Rep. Billy Long (MO-07)
Rep. David McKinley (WV-01)
Rep. Richard Nugent  (FL-05)
Rep. Mike Pompeo (KS-04)
Rep. Jim Renacci (OH-16)
Rep. Tom Reed (NY-29)
Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)
Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-04)
Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-05)
Rep. Tim Scott (SC-01)
Rep. Steve Stivers (OH-15)
Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03)
Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03)

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April 3, 2011

Florida Legislature May Curtain Abortions

Miami Herald: With economic issues dominating Florida's political rhetoric, little was heard about abortion during the November election, but the results may profoundly affect abortion rights in the state.

At least 18 measures that would restrict abortions have been filed in the Legislature and sponsors are optimistic about their chances of passing because of the Republican sweep in Florida.

Not only did the GOP strengthen its control of both legislative chambers, many first-term Republicans are more conservative than the lawmakers they replaced regardless of party. . . . The Florida legislation includes bills (HB 1127, SB 1744)
. . . would have required pregnant women to view and listen to a description of a live ultrasound picture of their fetuses before getting an abortion. . . . [Read more]

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April 2, 2011

Speaker Boehner on Cutting Spending & Tackling the Big Challenges Facing Job Creation

WASHINGTON, DC – Delivering the Weekly Republican Address, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discusses the new House majority’s efforts to cut spending and tackle the big challenges facing job creation in America.

In the address, Boehner, a former small business owner, talks about how the spending binge in Washington is creating uncertainty for private-sector job creators and holding our economy back. He reiterates Republicans’ commitment to fighting for the largest spending cuts possible, and says it’s important to resolve last year’s budget mess so we can tackle the bigger challenges facing job creation. Those challenges include the job-crushing $1.5 trillion tax hike in President Obama’s budget for next year, and his request for an increase in the national debt limit without a commitment to ending runaway spending. Following the video is the full text of the address. The video maybe viewed online.

“Hello, I’m John Boehner. Before I had the honor of representing the people of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District, I ran a small business back in West Chester, Ohio.  Small businesses are the engine of job creation in America: they actually create jobs, the government doesn’t. That’s why I ran for Congress – to do my part to get government out of the way of American prosperity.  Despite some recent signs of life, our economy still isn’t creating enough jobs.  And one of the reasons for that is the spending binge that’s been going on here in Washington.

“Washington’s inability to get spending under control is creating uncertainty for our job creators.  It’s discouraging investment in small businesses, and eroding confidence in our economy.  To put it simply, the spending binge in Washington is holding our country back and keeping our economy from creating jobs.

“Last year, when the President tried to put forward another big-spending budget on top of his ‘stimulus,’ Americans rose up and demanded we stop the spending binge and start working together to create a better environment for job creation.  They put a new majority in charge of the House with clear orders: crash the spending party in Washington so our economy can get back to creating jobs.

“We’ve made some early progress.  This year, the federal government will spend at least $51 billion less than it would have if the president had gotten his way.  And because we’ve kept the pressure on, Democrats in the White House and the Senate are being forced to talk about a bill that would cut tens of billions more.  Over the next decade, the savings will be hundreds of billions of dollars.  This is nowhere near enough, but it’s a clear change in direction.

“Now, you’ve heard Democratic leaders claim an agreement has been reached on this issue, but let me be clear.  There is no agreement. Republicans continue to fight for the largest spending cuts possible to help end Washington’s job-crushing spending binge.

“To support job creation in America, we need to keep the cuts coming, and we need to do much, much more.  That’s why it’s important for Congress to get moving and pass a final bill that resolves last year’s budget mess while making real spending cuts – so we can tackle the bigger challenges facing job creation.

“One of those challenges is stopping the $1.5 trillion tax hike the president has called for in his budget for next year.  This tax hike will affect every family and small business in America, and it will destroy jobs.  The president has also asked Congress to increase the national debt limit – without any commitment to stopping the runaway spending that got us into this mess in the first place. If the president gets his wish, it would send the signal that America has no plan to deal with her spending illness – and that’s going to have the effect, again, of destroying more American jobs.

“We also need to address all the red tape and regulations that are making it harder to create jobs and driving up the cost of health care and energy.

“To put America on a path to prosperity, we need to remove regulatory obstacles to job growth, expand American energy production, end the threat of tax hikes, approve stalled trade agreements that would open new markets, and get government spending under control once and for all.  These are the pillars of the Republican plan to help get our economy back to creating jobs, and this is the focus of our new majority in the House.

“Thanks for listening, and have a great weekend.”

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April 1, 2011

Florida Defending the American Dream Summit Recap

Over 400 fired up grassroots activists came out to our Florida Defending the American Dream Summit to take a stand against big government! These great folks will continue to make their voices heard throughout the year in the fight for fiscal sanity.

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